Fran LaPlaca


Fran LaPlaca is the author of the Keeper of the Way series, including Blade of Lightning and Keeper of Fire. Non-series novels include The Aduro and To Serve the High King. Short stories have appeared in the DAW anthologies Better Off Undead and Something Magic This Way Comes, and also in the original Warrior and Wisewoman and the Realms of Wonder anthology, Fantastic Companions.

When not writing, she enjoys reading manga, wishing she could draw, and trying to find ways to disguise onions and mushrooms so that her children will eat them unknowingly. (Edited to add: The onions and mushrooms thing isn't working out so well.)

You can find more information and a complete list of titles available at, as well as a really nice picture of a llama.

Smashwords Interview

Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Not really. I was always writing things. Poetry about footprints in the sand, horrible stuff like that. I remember a story I was quite serious about once, though. I was still in high school, and it was a message to the people of Earth from the Moon. The Moon was a sentient being, and had been watching over us for eons, but now it was time for it to move on. So it said its farewells and moved out or orbit and left. I never finished it, thank goodness, because I couldn't figure out what would happen to the earth if our moon just - LEFT.
What is your writing process?
It's been different each time, but it is a very organic process. I start with an idea, or a character, and have a general idea of where it going to go. I head for that point, but things change along the way. There are characters that come to life and change the whole direction of a story. Marcus, in The Aduro, as well as Eris Wood, are two good examples of characters who brought their own personalities to the story, and especially in the case of Eris, changed the entire story.

The only book I've written from an outline was To Serve the High King. I can show you my outline. Take the title of each chapter and write them down. That was my outline. I had that piece of paper, with just those few words, next to me the entire time.
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Where to find Fran LaPlaca online


Keeper Of Fire (Book Two of The Keepers of the Way)
Series: The Keepers of the Way, Book 2. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 109,270. Language: English. Published: September 19, 2013 . Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
As Kei and Secchi escort Cato Dunai to his trial of the Way, more than one firestorm is ignited. Zhyiana ken Prien, one-time Blade of Death, fights demons that can’t be seen; a man once honorable fights the face of dishonor he sees in his own reflection; and Kei, Secchi and Galari are all that stand between Dunai and the whole of Akashi, with no hope of survival.
A Mother's Love
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,680. Language: English. Published: April 18, 2013 . Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
The dragon found Janie when she was five years old. Ancient, primordial, he was the last of his kind. But he was very patient.
The Aduro (Guardians of the Temple, Vol. 1)
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 136,040. Language: English. Published: February 26, 2013 . Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Fantasy » General
I pledge myself to the World. I will hold no title, and claim no lands. No man may command me, save my Master. My Power will not be used for profit. I will answer a true need without hesitation. So a Mage vows. But not all Mages. For not long ago the land of Penmar was under the tyranny of Baron-Mage rule, and the dark echoes of those days still sends shadows into the land. Tamarind Bell carr
Blade Of Lightning (Book One of The Keepers of the Way)
Series: The Keepers of the Way, Book 1. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 132,950. Language: English. Published: February 26, 2013 . Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
*Water.* *Earth.* *Air.* *Spirit to hold us.* *Knowledge to keep us.* *Warrior to defend.* There are three Faces a Keeper can swear to, and three elements to bind their souls. But the elements number four, and although Fire was forbidden nearly five hundred years ago, the time for it to return is at hand. And the only thing standing between the Keepers of the Way and total destruction is Kei Ayum
A Dragon By Any Other Name and Other Stories
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 9,730. Language: English. Published: March 7, 2012 . Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
(4.00 from 1 review)
The answers to the questions everyone is asking: Should you skip dragon-killing class for a Star Trek convention? What really happened in the house of the three bears? What makes a wizard a wizard? Includes five short stories: A Dragon By Any Other Name, Where Do Wizards Come From?, The House at the End of the World, Goldi Freaking Who? and Please Press Star.
Blueberry Faery and the Dragons
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 30,520. Language: English. Published: March 7, 2012 . Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Fiction, Fiction » Fantasy » General
When a friend is in trouble, Blueberry Faery knows she has to help. With the aid of an addled groundhog, and a hamadryad found in the most unlikely of trees, Blueberry faces an old evil - The Dark Faery. And what makes Blueberry Faery different from all the other fae may be the only thing that will save Dragonland.
To Serve the High King
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 125,220. Language: English. Published: February 15, 2012 . Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
(5.00 from 3 reviews)
A thousand years in the past, when the last of the High Kings betrayed his people, when the magic of the Seven Kingdoms disappeared, the wizards died. But now as new magic swirls out of control, and warring Kings deny their very oaths, can Illean and Carac find a way to stop a second destruction? For the power to bring the errant Kings under control can only be held by a High King. Or a wizard.